Today's News

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.

  • Survey says: County salaries 8 percent less than market average

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employee salaries are averaging 8 percent below market average.

    That was the result of the salary study Dr. Jeff Ling, Evergreen Solutions executive vice president, presented to county commissioners on Jan. 8.

    “That’s not take home 8 percent. It’s not an 8 percent raise,” Ling said after the meeting.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate back to more than 10 percent

    Brunswick County was one of 81 counties in North Carolina whose unemployment rate increased in November.

    After dropping to 9.5 percent in October, Brunswick County’s number climbed back into double digits at 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,200 of the county’s 50,341 residents are unemployed.

    Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 13 counties and were unchanged in six counties in November.

  • Lady Trojans lose 54-48 to West Bladen

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick girls’ varsity basketball team lost 54-48 Friday at West Bladen.
     “We played our best game of the season on Friday,” West Brunswick coach Mark Jones said.  “It was a tight game throughout and our girls played great.”
    Dazia Gause had her best game of her varsity career, grabbing 18 rebounds and scoring 14 points.
    Kianna Pigott scored 10 points and four steals and two blocks.
    Allison Brown scored nine points and four rebounds.

  • Leland baseball banquet is Saturday

    Staff Report

    The ninth annual Leland Hot Stove Banquet is
    6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the North Brunswick High School auxiliary gym. Ticket prices are $20 and they will be on sale at the door. If interested in reserving tickets, call Nelson Best at 619-7023, Gary Rabon at 620-1886 or Carter Rabon 4470-0253.
    Gary LaRocque, special assistant to the St. Louis Cardinals’ general manager, and Tom Austin, head baseball coach of Methodist University, will be the guest speakers. Winners of scholarships will also be announced.

  • Host Scorpions beat Whiteville; finish game with no spectators

    By Michael Paul
    Sports Editor
    LELAND—North Brunswick beat Whiteville 67-58 in a boys’ basketball game Friday, but no spectators were in the gym for the final few minutes.
    North Brunswick athletics director Randy Fennell, who was at the game, explained what happened.
    “We had a packed house. There wasn’t a seat available in the house. It was an intense game,” he said.

  • South girls, West boys second in swim meet

    Staff Report

    The South Brunswick girls’ and the West Brunswick boys’ swimming teams finished second in five-team meets Saturday at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.
    Topsail won the girls’ meet, finishing with 126 points. South scored 82 points. West was fourth at 19.
    In the boys’ meet, Topsail was first with 109 points. West was second with 49 points and South fifth with 14 points.
    Lumberton and Purnell Swett were the other teams in the meet.

  • Hundreds compete in Run for Food

    By Michael Paul
    Sports Editor
    Ben Huffman, 17, of Waxhaw, won the ninth annual Run for Food half marathon Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach.
    In sunny, 45-degree weather, Huffman ran the course in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds.
    Peter Deucher, 19, of Front Royal, Va., was second in 1:21.28. He won the race last year, when he ran the 13-mile course in 1:18.12. The course took runners over the high-rise Odell Williamson Bridge to the mainland and back to the island.
    Adam Cornelius, 29, of Rockwell, was third in 1:23.36.

  • Sports calendar

    Shallotte Dixie Youth
    Shallotte Dixie Youth has registration for its 2013 season from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 at the Shallotte Middle School cafeteria. This is for those ages 3-12 who want to play baseball or softball.

  • For South swimmer, practice leads to success

    Three-tenths of a second. Less time than it takes to inhale.
    That’s all Rachel Van Noordt needs to break her fifth school record on South Brunswick’s swim team.
    “I’m hoping to take off one more school record,” Van Noordt said of that goal in the 50-yard freestyle. “I was so close—three-tenths of a second.”
    The four school records she has are in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.